KISSIMMEE – The Kissimmee City Commission has backed off a proposal to change the city’s logo by adding “In God We Trust.”
The suggestion to revamp the logo caused an uproar last week after City Commissioner Art Otero, who proposed it, was quoted in the Orlando Sentinel calling the Obama administration “socialist” and knocking homosexuality, abortion and legalized marijuana.
At Tuesday night’s commission meeting, Mayor Jim Swan read a statement criticizing Otero’s comments as “irresponsible” and said they had brought Kissimmee “criticism, ridicule and sensationalism.” The mayor tonight said he answered 60 citizen e-mails, half complaining that the proposal would violate the separation of church and state and the other half from people “incensed by the bigoted remarks.”
Commissioners voted 4-1 to nix the logo change. Otero was in the minority.